For Immediate Release
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC) stands with its members and in solidarity with all Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities in the greater Washington, D.C. area to oppose anti-Muslim hate, bigotry, and xenophobia.
In recent months, hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans and those perceived to be Muslim have increased at an alarming rate. Recently, the New York Times reported that there have been nearly 50 documented attacks against Muslims and Muslim houses of worship since the attacks in Paris.1
Moreover, xenophobic and divisive rhetoric from political candidates, elected officials, and other public figures have promoted an environment of fear, suspicion, and hatred of Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities in the greater Washington, D.C. area and throughout the country. This fear and suspicion has led to unfounded and unfair targeting of Muslims and individuals perceived to be Muslim simply for, by way of example, speaking Arabic at an airport, wearing a turban to a football game, or merely having black or brown skin.
In light of recent terror attacks throughout the world, we call on our communities to guard against violence or prejudice directed at the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian Americans. We must refuse to be guided by stereotypes, fear, and mistrust. We must stand up against anti-Muslim hate, bigotry, and xenophobia and help make the greater Washington, D.C. area a better and safer place for everyone.
1 See nyti.ms/1m5gcz1.